Is Nausea And Vomiting Of Pregnancy A Good Sign?
A Canadian study claims that women experiencing morning sickness are likely to give birth to intelligent babies. After reading this, you must be definitely feeling better that morning sickness is of some good to you.
But let us tell you that pregnancy without any signs of morning sickness is normal too. It just means that you are lucky to have escaped that phase.
You might begin feeling nauseous between the fourth and the sixth week i.e. the first trimester. This is the period after you miss the period following the process of implantation in your uterus. At around the second month, nausea and vomiting could be at its peak and between the 12th and 18th week the condition may ease up. In some cases, the symptom can extend by a few weeks or months or may last until delivery.
Here is what could accompany morning sickness:
- Loss of appetite
- Food aversion
- Dehydrated, weakness and lightheadedness
- Weight loss in the case of HG
Ketosis – a severe situation where the number of ketones (a poisonous chemical) in blood and urine increase due to excessive vomiting
Not all pregnant women necessarily experience these symptoms and at the same intensity. In extreme cases, morning sickness can become severe (HG) and may require hospitalization.
Ovarian hormones estrogen and progesterone could lead to hyperacuity of olfactory systems. The heightened sense of odor leads to nausea and vomits.
If you are stressed out during pregnancy, it can aggravate morning sickness.
Your digestive system may find it difficult to break high-fat diet, resulting in NVP.
Helicobacter pylori infection or H-pylori.
Ultrasound studies show that vomiting and nausea are severe in women whose corpus luteum is located in the right ovary, because of a higher concentration of sex steroids.
If your mother and other genetically related women in the family had morning sickness, then you are more likely to experience the symptoms during your pregnancy; 28% of women who had HG reported their mothers having it, and in 19% their sisters had similar symptoms.
If you are pregnant after you are 30 years of age.
Rare and abnormal pregnancies, such as molar pregnancy.
Foods to Avoid
- Stay away from foods whose aroma causes nausea.
- Avoid fried and fatty foods because they take too long to digest.
- Cut down on sugary foods and sweetened beverages that can trigger vomiting sensation.
- Avoid acidic foods that can reason stomach upset and constipation.
- Avoid carbonated, caffeinated, and alcoholic drinks.